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JediTricks
10-24-2008, 03:31 AM
Please post your VOTE for up to 6 {six} of the questions provided in this thread, letting us know which ones you most want to see asked on November 14th. Keep in mind that your votes in round 59 do not count in this round, so if your question is still on the list you may want to vote for it again.

Also, feel free to post new questions. For reference, here are Hasbro's answers to previous SSG questions (http://www.sirstevesguide.com/index.php?categoryid=13&p2_articleid=1553); to ActionFigs.com's questions (http://www.actionfigs.com/index.php?categoryid=12&p2_articleid=1916); and from other sites (http://www.sirstevesguide.com/index.php?categoryid=13&p2_articleid=1298). The questions we asked last round can be found here (http://forums.sirstevesguide.com/showthread.php?p=644689#post644689).

Current questions (vote for up to 6):


- Twice during the prequels, a vehicle toy's MSRP was dropped significantly without any changes to its mold - the first being the Episode I Naboo Royal Starship which went from $100 to $50, and the second being the Republic Gunship which in the Saga line was $40 but subsequent releases were $30. What were the causes of these price drops? Why hasn't this happened with other vehicles in similar high pricepoints?
- What are the requirements that a retailer must go meet to get a Star Wars exclusive, do they have to be a certain size company, make a certain number of Hasbro orders a month, etc.? Is there some sort of process that a retailer has to go through to get an exclusive, do they work with Hasbro on what item to produce or is it out of their hands?
- Why has Commander Faie been included as part of the recent ROTS wave when the character never actually appeared in the movie? And where did this costume come from?
- In Hasbro's awesome Comic-Packs line, we've been treated to Marvel Star Wars issues 1-4, and Dark Horse Revenge of the Sith issues 1, 3, and 4. Any chance we could get comic packs of the missing Marvel SW #5 and 6, and Dark Horse ROTS #2, to complete their respective tales? (Just spitballing ideas: we could certainly do with a Leia/3PO pack for MSW#5 and perhaps a Rebel/Imperial Pilot set for #6, and ROTS #2 could use Grievous and a new deco Clone.) And what about Comic Packs for the other movie adaptation comics like Marvel ESB and ROTJ, or Dark Horse TPM and AOTC?
- The Comic Packs are great since the addition of the comic books give these characters much-needed context, as the average kid and collector who mainly know the movies will likely not know these characters without seeing them in some sort of action. That said, there are still several other expanded universe products that have no context other than the small bio on their packaging. Would it be possible for comic books to also be included in EU multi-figure sets or vehicles as well? For instance, fans of Crimson Empire are liking the look of the upcoming Crucible set, while those who are unfamiliar with the work think it looks more like a cross between Star Wars and Power Rangers.
- On Mighty Muggs, understanding that you're not likely to do new bodies for the line any time soon, will fans ever be getting Battle Droid, Super Battle Droid, and maybe even an IG-100 Magnaguard Mighty Muggs figures? You did the spindly General Grievous as a Mugg already after all. Also, what Hasbro team does the designs for the Muggs and their packaging? Does each team - for example, Star Wars, Marvel, and Transformers - design their own Muggs, or is it centralized?
- With Sideshow having released a smashing diorama of the "Look Sir, Droids" scene, what are the chances of Hasbro doing a similar battle pack? It could include the escape pod (perhaps with the proper top hatch openable, or maybe the whole thing upsized) and an assortment of Sandroopers with a variety of pauldrons and accessories. Heck, if you threw in an updated dewback, you'd have quite the nifty ultimate battle pack. Any chance of that?
- While we'd always prefer a worn paint deco on vehicles and droids, we understand sometimes the budget just can't do it. The next time you do a vehicle with a white deco where the budget prohibits additional weathering paint, could you please not use the clean-white color of plastic that you've used on the Clone Wars V-19 or the TLC Dagger Squadron B-wing? This white plastic is just too clean, it screams for weathering as it hides every sculpted line and gives an unwelcome plasticky toy look, while the slightly off-white colors of plastic seem to bring out the lines and look a little weathered better than clean.
- In the Clone Wars line, a few scale issues have come up. Obi-Wan and Anakin figures stand pretty short compared to their non-animated figure counterparts, while Clone Troopers stand unusually tall compared to their non-animated counterparts, and obviously this means CW Obi-Wan and Anakin stand pretty short compared to the Clones. What gives here? Was this an intentional choice, and if so, why?
- When collectors ask for the same stuff over and over again such as certain vehicles like the Cloud Car, large accessories like Jabba's dais, playsets and dioramas of scenes that are not action- or main-character-themed which Hasbro says they aren't likely to do because those areas are not seen as profitable in today's market, are there any NEW ideas swimming around the Star Wars team with an OT collector focus? Not talking about merely new figures or resculpts of unmade vintage figures, but something new in the 3.75" format that would excite collectors, especially OT-focused ones. Stuff like the nifty new Scramble on Yavin battle pack gets collectors jazzed up.
- Although the Cruisemissile Trooper vehicle has its share of detractors, including those at Hasbro, the concept and design have some fun and interesting toy merits, though not fully realized. Perhaps the original design could be embellished and resized to fit into either the current Starfighter Vehicle pricepoint or a Battle Pack or other smaller medium. And of course, this time around it could have a removable pilot and cooler features to make it a fun new vehicle with unique Star Wars credibility. Would Hasbro ever consider making an update to this vehicle with design and features befitting the modern line?
- Now that we're getting the Clone Wars "Lucky Lekku" Republic Gunship repaint, what about releasing more of those individualized nose art Gunships from the Clone Wars? What about doing them with a sticker sheet instead of releasing each design individually, perhaps even with the updated door design from the series?
- This might seem like an odd request, but could you re-issue the old Kenner X-wing, specifically the POTF2 version, with some modifications? There's no X-wing at kid pricing anymore, the only OT vehicles at the Starfighter pricepoint are lonely TIEs with nobody to fight, and that classic X-wing had some decent sculpting, strong wings, and is fun to whoosh about. As well, the POTF2 version had a pretty decent deco (though pre-applied stickers would be nice), and that version also had the best sound effects in any X-wing (aside from the Power FX X-wing, but the sacrifices there are numerous), those sounds alone would sell another batch to collectors. The set could use a tune-up on the cockpit interior, the canopy exterior, the dedicated R2-D2, and the blaster tips need to be reoriented to the proper upright position. Don't you think the kids today deserve an awesome X-wing fighter?
- In the Comic-Con presentation, the Clone Wars Magnaguard was shown to include an alternate, cloak-wearing head. Now that carded images have shown up, it appears as though this extra head is not included. Is it actually included and just hidden behind the insert, or is it another case of an accessory being taken out due to cost? If it is the latter, then can we expect a variant down the road?
- With the upcoming Wioslea figure, we have another Jedi-style outfit with soft-goods cloth robe and "skirt", but the upper tunic remains sculpted to the torso and thus don't match the color or design of the "skirt" that is supposed to continue the tunic. Don't get us wrong, Wioslea's outer robe looks far better than the oversized VOTC Obi-Wan's robe, soft-goods cloth does have its place in the line. But for matching the "skirt" to the top half of tunic, have you ever considered doing a figure with the tunic entirely as soft-goods? Would you consider doing a major super-articulated Jedi figure with a cloth tunic this way?
- Will Hasbro be modifying the existing or making a new Hyperspace Ring for the ROTS Eta-2 Jedi Starfighter? Will the existing Hyperspace Ring ever be sold by itself in other colors to go with existing Jedi Starfighters? With the Ring being featured in episodes of The Clone Wars for Plo Koon's and Anakin's Jedi Starfighters, and your confirmation that Hasbro's Clone Wars Jedi Starfighter will fit the existing Ring, will you be selling Anakin's and/or Plo's starfighters with their Hyperspace Rings as boxed sets to get the full product into kid and collector hands, taking advantage of the show's current momentum rather than waiting to double-dip down the road when interest has waned, a la the Ep 2 Obi-Wan Jedi Starfighter with Hyperspace Ring?
- In the past year, we've seen a lot of figures from the POTF2-era Expanded Universe line getting revisited one way or another. The Darktrooper was rereleased as a Fans Choice figure, while Mara Jade got an all-new sculpt in the Comics Packs line, and in that line we're also about to get an all-new Grand Admiral Thrawn, Dark Empire Clone Palpatine, DE Luke, and a new Kyle Katarn. That leaves just Dark Empire Leia, the Heir to the Empire Spacetrooper, and the Imperial Sentinel left to be done, will any of them be either reissued or resculpted any time soon to join their EU brethren? Was it a conscious choice to get all those other POTF2 EU figures rereleased, or just happenstance?
- In '06 and '07, when asked about how the price of oil will affect the future of the line, Hasbro replied that there was some cost increases due to the cost of the petroleum-based raw material, the cost of steel going up, taking a beating on rising shipping costs, it even affects the cost of packaging. As a consequence of the current US economic situation, the price of oil has gone down and threatens to trend even further down soon. How soon before the drop in oil prices is translated to reduction of your costs, and ultimately, in the prices for your toys?
- You said in a recent answer that the Solo twins, while difficult to do because of limited visual references, were high on your wish list. Hypothetically speaking, if you were to make these long-request characters, which versions would you do? Young Jedi Knights (there's a good picture of them in the recent Jedi vs. Sith guide), NJO-era Jedi Knights (probably the most requested versions, and based on Japanese cover art which is probably the largest body of visual reference for these characters and was even used by the Official Site as its EU menu before the redesign) or Legacy of the Force-era (with the added advantage that an alternate head and lightsaber and removable cape would allow you to do Jacen and Caedus as one figure)?
- When we last asked about the Cade Skywalker/Darth Talon Comic Pack missing Cade's lightsaber, you told us that the tooling for it was lost so you'd be moving forward without it. Since then, the set has started hitting and it looks like a running change was made, the saber is showing up in some sets, but generally the sets with the saber are much harder to find and buyers have already got incomplete sets in their hands. Hasbro consumer affairs can only deal with this currently by taking the entire set back and saying they're not sure if they'll be able to replace the exact set or one of equal value. Could you please find a better way to get those missing lightsabers and saber hilts into buyers' collections?
- Why are the Droid Factory build-a-droid parts for C-3PX incompatible with the basic figures' build-a-droid parts, especially the other protocol droids like RA7's? 3PX has a ball joint for his head while RA7 has a post, and the pegs for the arms and legs also differ, thus making it impossible to mix-n-match parts, which the concept had otherwise highly adopted. Was this done on purpose, and if so, why?
- Assuming you do decide to make the Corporate Alliance Tank Droid, which last you told us was likely since it is in the Clone Wars cartoon, would it have a cockpit and working treads? What other features would you put into it?
- Recently, a photo showed up of the new set of figure stands, including a new sticker sheet with a few previously unheard of figures on it, one of which is Anakin Skywalker - Concept. With the announcement that there will be 4 new Concept figures in 2009 not based on McQuarrie artwork, we're assuming that Anakin is among them. But what is the source material for that concept figure, production era, artist? Will the other 3 concept figures be from the same production era and artist, or based on all kinds of source material?
- With Titanium Series 3" vehicles rapidly becoming one of the most successful Hasbro Star Wars sub-lines with over 60 individual carded releases, it's become nearly impossible to display them all at once. The main reason is that the unique packaging - although admirable in its specialized shape, custom graphics, and large window for the product - doesn't stack well and is very difficult to keep in mint condition with an easily-crushed and -scuffed round bubble, and vulnerable J-hook. Might Hasbro be willing to offer some sort of clamshell-style protective cases for the packaging, even if it's just through HasbroToyShop, similar to the one for the 3.75" figures?
- With the confirmation of 2X-7KPR - the last unmade droid from the sale of the droids scene - being released in '09 as another Jawa/droid 2-pack, how will this set be released? This is an ANH scene, you've confirmed that ESB will be the only source getting 2 waves in '09, and the '09 ANH wave already has a different Jawa/droid 2-pack, so where will Jawa/2X-7KPR fit into the overall? Will this be a running change repacked into another wave, or has a second ANH wave been slotted - and if the latter, what other figures will be in that 2nd ANH wave?
- Now that The Clone Wars TV series has a set schedule, in the future could you possibly coordinate Hasbro's Clone Wars figure releases to coincide with the episodes those figures are in context to? We understand there's a long lead time on figure production, but there's also a long lead on episode production. Seeing a character on the series one day and then being able find the figure in the store the next day would help drive sales, don't you think? For instance, R3-S6 "Goldie" appeared in 2 episodes in early and mid November '08, but the R3-S6 "Goldie" figure isn't due until around February '09. Wouldn't the figures have more appeal with the characters fresh in kids' and casual collectors' minds? Would coordination like that be possible?
- Does Hasbro have any plans to update the Dianoga in the near future? We need one that is better detailed, better articulated and perhaps featuring multiple bendy tentacles. If you were to update the Dianoga, what format would you release it in: Battle Pack, a basic carded figure, Ultimate Battle Pack, something else?
- Now that you've confirmed that there will be 4 new concept figures in '09, that one of them is Anakin, and that they'll be from both OT and PT sources, could you confirm whether the other 3 concept figures will be based on major characters (i.e. Vader, Obi-Wan, Yoda, Maul) or can we expect to see some obscure character and even alien design concepts, such as the Mon Calamari Dancer from the Galaxies Opera House or the Revwien alien from original Cantina alien drawings?

Vote now, and suggest new questions too. Thanks for participating!

Battle Droid
10-24-2008, 12:55 PM
6, 14, and 22 for now.

LTBasker
10-24-2008, 01:05 PM
4 - In Hasbro's awesome Comic-Packs line, we've been treated to Marvel Star Wars issues 1-4, and Dark Horse Revenge of the Sith issues 1, 3, and 4. Any chance we could get comic packs of the missing Marvel SW #5 and 6, and Dark Horse ROTS #2, to complete their respective tales? (Just spitballing ideas: we could certainly do with a Leia/3PO pack for MSW#5 and perhaps a Rebel/Imperial Pilot set for #6, and ROTS #2 could use Grievous and a new deco Clone.) And what about Comic Packs for the other movie adaptation comics like Marvel ESB and ROTJ, or Dark Horse TPM and AOTC?

7 - With Sideshow having released a smashing diorama of the "Look Sir, Droids" scene, what are the chances of Hasbro doing a similar battle pack? It could include the escape pod (perhaps with the proper top hatch openable, or maybe the whole thing upsized) and an assortment of Sandroopers with a variety of pauldrons and accessories. Heck, if you threw in an updated dewback, you'd have quite the nifty ultimate battle pack. Any chance of that?

8 - While we'd always prefer a worn paint deco on vehicles and droids, we understand sometimes the budget just can't do it. The next time you do a vehicle with a white deco where the budget prohibits additional weathering paint, could you please not use the clean-white color of plastic that you've used on the Clone Wars V-19 or the TLC Dagger Squadron B-wing? This white plastic is just too clean, it screams for weathering as it hides every sculpted line and gives an unwelcome plasticky toy look, while the slightly off-white colors of plastic seem to bring out the lines and look a little weathered better than clean.

17 - In the past year, we've seen a lot of figures from the POTF2-era Expanded Universe line getting revisited one way or another. The Darktrooper was rereleased as a Fans Choice figure, while Mara Jade got an all-new sculpt in the Comics Packs line, and in that line we're also about to get an all-new Grand Admiral Thrawn, Dark Empire Clone Palpatine, DE Luke, and a new Kyle Katarn. That leaves just Dark Empire Leia, the Heir to the Empire Spacetrooper, and the Imperial Sentinel left to be done, will any of them be either reissued or resculpted any time soon to join their EU brethren? Was it a conscious choice to get all those other POTF2 EU figures rereleased, or just happenstance?

18 - In '06 and '07, when asked about how the price of oil will affect the future of the line, Hasbro replied that there was some cost increases due to the cost of the petroleum-based raw material, the cost of steel going up, taking a beating on rising shipping costs, it even affects the cost of packaging. As a consequence of the current US economic situation, the price of oil has gone down and threatens to trend even further down soon. How soon before the drop in oil prices is translated to reduction of your costs, and ultimately, in the prices for your toys?

24 - With Titanium Series 3" vehicles rapidly becoming one of the most successful Hasbro Star Wars sub-lines with over 60 individual carded releases, it's become nearly impossible to display them all at once. The main reason is that the unique packaging - although admirable in its specialized shape, custom graphics, and large window for the product - doesn't stack well and is very difficult to keep in mint condition with an easily-crushed and -scuffed round bubble, and vulnerable J-hook. Might Hasbro be willing to offer some sort of clamshell-style protective cases for the packaging, even if it's just through HasbroToyShop, similar to the one for the 3.75" figures?

Mr. JabbaJohnL
10-24-2008, 01:23 PM
First, going back to the converstaion from the other thread . . .

You are thinking that the battle pack Hasbro's considering with the pods is for Clone Wars, but there's no reason to think that's the case. I know what the gunships look like, and my point is that there's no front hatch on the CW one, so front doors aren't going to help.
No, I don't know for sure what source it's going to be from, but I assume (or at least hope) it will be AOTC. But I just found it odd that they want to release the pods now, when we're mostly seeing gunships without the pods. See what I mean? It feels like I'm having a hard time articulating this . . . it would be like releasing an AOTC Anakin figure for the ROTS launch, going back to an older version of something when there's a newer version available (which I suppose they have done before . . . but I still want the doors). Question 12 asks about the gunships already, so I think a good revision to that one would be:

- Now that we have the Clone Wars "Lucky Lekku" Republic Gunship repaint, what about releasing more of those individualized nose art Gunships from the Clone Wars? What about doing them with a sticker sheet instead of releasing each design individually, perhaps even with the updated door design from the series? You said you want to rerelease the bubble pods, which are not even in the series as they've been replaced by the second set of doors, so why not also show some love for more Clone Wars-accurate gunships?

I'll go with 5, 9, 12, 14, 20, and 23.

Bib Un-Fortuna
10-24-2008, 01:45 PM
Voting for 8 10 14 15 18 23

Ando
10-24-2008, 04:07 PM
1, 2, 12, and 16

jediguy
10-24-2008, 04:37 PM
5, 11, 14 and 21 for now please

ChrisLyne
10-25-2008, 03:58 AM
9, 17, 19, 20 get my votes this round.

Not sure if it's allowed, but if it is can you add my remaining votes to 19.

Thanks.

Cane_Adiss
10-26-2008, 01:11 PM
7, 10, 11, 17 for now. Maybe JT will be nice and reconsider my Kal'Falnl C'ndros question and if so I'll vote for that too. Pretty please?

Will Hasbro ever do a figure of Kal'Falnl C'ndros? She's the ostrich-like alien whose legs were glimpsed briefly in A New Hope. Her full Quor'sav physiology has since been fleshed out in the Secrets of the Sisar Run book by West End Games. She'd be a must-have for completing cantina or Street of Mos Eisely dioramas, and she'd make an interesting toy! Does that brief glimpse give us a shot at having her action figure?

DarkArtist
10-28-2008, 12:09 PM
I have a question that I think should be asked to Hasbro once again :

"What are the chances of seeing the Action Fleet line return with an all new focus and more playability (ie more figures, and smaller sets). This would be a great way to have vehicles from all the sources of Star Wars (ie, Prequel Trilogy, Clone Wars, Original Trilogy, Expanded Universe), it would be a semi cheap and affordable toy concept that had much success when the original line was launched and is a great way of giving fans some of the vehicles that might never see the light of day in the 3 3/4 inch line.
I mean if you could release perhaps various vehicles from all the sources in each wave (for instance perhaps an X-Wing and TIE Fighter from the OT, Jedi Starfighter and Droid Starfighter from the PT, Clone Wars Gunship and a Vulture Droid from the Clone Wars, and maybe a Concept TIE Advanced and perhaps the Outrider from the EU), and thus blanket all the sources and not have pegwarmers left around.
Also the mini adventure sets were a great way to build up small scenes and get more figures, this concept can be explored once again in a battlepack format with perhaps a small exclusive vehicle. This is also a great way to make scaled playsets for the figures and the vehicles.
i know the label was originally Galoob when it was launched but I'm sure Hasbro could secure the rights to it and bring it back in the spotlight. also it's a great way for kids to bring some of their Star Wars toys and adventures when the bigger stuff may not be possible."

Mr Burns
10-28-2008, 07:52 PM
2 4 9 18 21 24

JediTricks
10-28-2008, 09:52 PM
First, going back to the converstaion from the other thread . . .

No, I don't know for sure what source it's going to be from, but I assume (or at least hope) it will be AOTC. But I just found it odd that they want to release the pods now, when we're mostly seeing gunships without the pods. See what I mean? It feels like I'm having a hard time articulating this . . . it would be like releasing an AOTC Anakin figure for the ROTS launch, going back to an older version of something when there's a newer version available (which I suppose they have done before . . . but I still want the doors). Question 12 asks about the gunships already, so I think a good revision to that one would be:

- Now that we have the Clone Wars "Lucky Lekku" Republic Gunship repaint, what about releasing more of those individualized nose art Gunships from the Clone Wars? What about doing them with a sticker sheet instead of releasing each design individually, perhaps even with the updated door design from the series? You said you want to rerelease the bubble pods, which are not even in the series as they've been replaced by the second set of doors, so why not also show some love for more Clone Wars-accurate gunships?It already is undermining the question asking about the doors at all, I don't want to sidetrack it even further by shifting the focus directly onto a small part of a bigger problem. People have been asking for those pods for 6 years now, while there hasn't yet been a massive outcry for those doors.



Not sure if it's allowed, but if it is can you add my remaining votes to 19.Sorry, afraid not, you can only vote for a question once per round.


Maybe JT will be nice and reconsider my Kal'Falnl C'ndros question and if so I'll vote for that too. Pretty please?It's not a matter of being nice. If I'm nice to you on this, it's being not nice to the rest of the people who want their ultra-niche questions in there no matter how unlikely it is that they'll get made. Try me next round though, when there's room for a few wackier questions I'll add it on a trial basis.



I have a question that I think should be asked to Hasbro once again :

"What are the chances of seeing the Action Fleet line return with an all new focus and more playability (ie more figures, and smaller sets). This would be a great way to have vehicles from all the sources of Star Wars (ie, Prequel Trilogy, Clone Wars, Original Trilogy, Expanded Universe), it would be a semi cheap and affordable toy concept that had much success when the original line was launched and is a great way of giving fans some of the vehicles that might never see the light of day in the 3 3/4 inch line.
I mean if you could release perhaps various vehicles from all the sources in each wave (for instance perhaps an X-Wing and TIE Fighter from the OT, Jedi Starfighter and Droid Starfighter from the PT, Clone Wars Gunship and a Vulture Droid from the Clone Wars, and maybe a Concept TIE Advanced and perhaps the Outrider from the EU), and thus blanket all the sources and not have pegwarmers left around.
Also the mini adventure sets were a great way to build up small scenes and get more figures, this concept can be explored once again in a battlepack format with perhaps a small exclusive vehicle. This is also a great way to make scaled playsets for the figures and the vehicles.
i know the label was originally Galoob when it was launched but I'm sure Hasbro could secure the rights to it and bring it back in the spotlight. also it's a great way for kids to bring some of their Star Wars toys and adventures when the bigger stuff may not be possible."The Galoob label has been appearing on Titanium Series items for a few years now, Hasbro owns the brand outright, it's just that they don't believe there's a mainstream market interested in the concept anymore. They've got the SW Transformers line sorta filling the vehicle niche, and even there they just abandoned the mini-figures. Nothing has changed for the better from the last time this subject came up when Hasbro said no chance for the time being. I doubt I need to tell you that I really want Hasbro to restart the AF line, but ultimately there's nothing new here we could say to change their minds.


By the way, I am very impressed, with just 10 voters, all but 2 of the questions have votes. That's quite the spread of interests!

Sinscia Fat'o
10-29-2008, 12:44 PM
23, 20, 19, 17, 15, 10

dr_evazan22
10-29-2008, 08:58 PM
Its not ooficially on the list, but I'd vote for the AF question again.

Also a vote for #7.

JediTricks
11-03-2008, 04:02 PM
I'll keep that in mind. I could be swayed on this matter, but we need to make a very strong, focused argument. What is the main point, why AF over 3.75" or Titaniums? What is that 1 thing that'll make it work now? And we're talking about a line that today might probably cost $20 a pop, how can we strengthen the concept enough to buffer against that?

dr_evazan22
11-03-2008, 11:59 PM
Why not Titanium? The only pro that I can think of for Titanium is that, because of the small size, hasbro can produce just about anything. But part of the problem, as I see it, is that they do: producing a Death Star, Star Destroyer, Invisible Hand Mon Cal cruiser, all made not to the same SCALE, but to the same SIZE as, well, each other, and also landspeeders gunships, etc. That leads into my second point, which is that the Titanium scale sculpt is just NOT DETAILED enough, at least for me. My third point will be deco... IMO Titanium deco is terrible!! Again, it is not detailed and PRECISE enough, like paint going outside of the few sculpted details that ARE present. The worst part of all this is that, while most Titanium's suffer from more than one of these problems, the sculpt often is misshapen because Hasbro is unable to accurately portray said vehicle in this scale (think DS2, and the poorly sculpted and scaled areas still under construction).
Me personally, as a collector, don't mind spending a couple hundred on a Code 3, MR or GG product that looks like what was on screen, but I feel like I'm throwing my money away if I decide to, or consider, purchasing something that I know is out of scale, design altered, poor deco'd and detailed.

Why not the 3.75 scale? Well, for most of the same reasons listed above. From the OT poll, there are at least 3 entrants where we are specifically asking for a movie accurate toy. Best cases on point: TIE fighter and X-Wing. Another reason... In Titanium because of the physical size they can make just about anything from a DS2 to a speederbike. Well, in the 3.75 size, costs are so prohibitive (compared to expected sales) that they can't produce everything (I'd love to have all those different podracers from E1, or the landspeeders from ANH listed in the OT poll, but interest would never be high enough. To be honest, they'd be a tough sell in AF as well.).

So why AF? Sculpt accuracy and sculpt detail would be much higher, they could/can produce finer, more screen accurate details. Would be easier to deco because of larger size.

I, as a collector, should be able to have both a screen accurate (or very close to) product that I can display and admire, and also a toy that, while not accurate, I can still have fun with and play with.

obi-dad
11-04-2008, 03:30 PM
10 & 15 for now. I can't remember, is this the Friday we get the answers from last one or next Friday?

JediTricks
11-06-2008, 10:04 PM
The answers are due tomorrow.


On the AF thing, "focused" would be good, and we need to stay realistic, the line DID fail for various reasons, we can't claim superior sculpting, scale, and deco at $10-$15 without also saying why it would sell to a casual collecting audience.

DarkArtist
11-07-2008, 09:22 AM
well my vote goes to the AF question but if someone can re-write my question to make it more focused and to touch on all the points that we are talking about, sculpt, size, detail, price, play features (ie mini figures, no mini figures, action features, no action features etc).

i think one of the reasons the line failed was do to the constant repacking of ships, the smaller number of shipped new vehicles, and then the lack of availability on the AF line for the prequels, I never saw any of the TPM wave and was only able to spot the AT-TE from the AOTC wave.

I think if Hasbro was to re-invent the line they should focus on maybe releasing either 2 packs with perhaps a good guy ship, ie X-Wing, and a bad guy ship, ie TIE fighter, and include in addition to the pilots and astromechs, ground crews and maybe a smaller vehicle pilot transport or something for an added play value. the other option is to make sure that the waves of ships all follow a theme, ie "Battle of Yavin" - include various X-Wings, Y-Wings, TIE Fighters, Vader's TIE, and the Millennium Falcon. maybe as a playset you can build a Death Star and a Yavin Temple base.

Also the ships should come in different scales unlike the Titaniums which are all one scale, I mean the Star Destroyer should not be the same size as the X-Wing and the Speeder Bike should not be the same size as the Landspeeder.

as far as playsets (yes playsets) are concerned, they can be along the lines of the old Micro machines and AF lines, one vehicle and 3-5 figures depending on the scene and have the firing missles, etc.

I truly believe that with the right angle and marketing AF can come back stronger than ever.

FundingMyAddiction
11-07-2008, 09:04 PM
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20 - I don't so much want to know if there is a way to fix the missing lightsaber, since almost every pack I found had Cade's lightsaber. I'm more interesting in finding out how Hasbro ending up releasing three different variations of this pack. Two had the same bubble, with the slot for the hilt AND lightsaber (with one variation missing both the hilt and the bubble), but I've also found a completely different bubble with no hilt slot. I guess I don't understand where in the process this was changed.
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JediTricks
11-10-2008, 05:51 AM
Question 16 modified.

Question 23 has been stricken.

If you have voted for 23, consider your vote refunded.

DarkJedi5
11-11-2008, 01:06 PM
For now my votes are;

16 - I really would like to see this happen
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Mr. JabbaJohnL
11-11-2008, 08:21 PM
I'll change my 23 vote to 16, if you change that question to this:

- Will Hasbro be modifying the existing or making a new Hyperspace Ring for the Eta-2 Jedi Starfighter from ROTS? And will the existing Hyperspace Ring ever be sold by itself in other colors to go with existing Jedi Starfighters? Furthermore, now that the ring has been featured in The Clone Wars on Plo Koon's and Anakin's starfighters, and you said the Delta-7B would fit the existing ring, will we see Anakin's and Plo's starfighters released with the rings right off the bat so as to avoid double-dipping and collector frustration down the road?

obi-dad
11-12-2008, 05:10 AM
New Question:

Fans are very excited about the confirmation of 2X-7KPR in 2009, the final unreleased droid from the Sale of the Droids scene. I've read on multiple forums how we can't wait to get this, but a common question has to do with how we are getting the Jawa/droid 2-pack. You have confirmed the waves for 2009, with ESB being the only movie getting two waves and the EU wave being pushed to 2010. Has a 2nd ANH been slotted for 2009? And if so, would you confirm another figure from the wave, such as the long awaited Bom Vimdin or even the other Duros, Baniss Keeg?

JediTricks
11-12-2008, 04:39 PM
Question 25 added.

Question 16 modified.

There's only 2 days left to vote, we could really use the participation!


On the AF angle, I am still thinking of a way to focus it, make a really convincing argument.



20 - I don't so much want to know if there is a way to fix the missing lightsaber, since almost every pack I found had Cade's lightsaber. I'm more interesting in finding out how Hasbro ending up releasing three different variations of this pack. Two had the same bubble, with the slot for the hilt AND lightsaber (with one variation missing both the hilt and the bubble), but I've also found a completely different bubble with no hilt slot. I guess I don't understand where in the process this was changed.Originally, Hasbro's factory misplaced the mold for the lightsaber, so they ran it without and shot the tray without the slots for that since it didn't need them. Those trays are extremely easy to mold though, it's not at all like the figures, so when Hasbro found the missing mold and started running them, the tray was modified to accept it so they wouldn't have sabers and nowhere to put them, but running the sabers took more time than the trays so there is a batch with the newer tray and no sabers. My guess is both saberless versions are to be the rare variant, and there's no way to know which is rarer until we find out beginning and end dates for the datestamps on each.


I'll change my 23 vote to 16, if you change that question to this:

- Will Hasbro be modifying the existing or making a new Hyperspace Ring for the Eta-2 Jedi Starfighter from ROTS? And will the existing Hyperspace Ring ever be sold by itself in other colors to go with existing Jedi Starfighters? Furthermore, now that the ring has been featured in The Clone Wars on Plo Koon's and Anakin's starfighters, and you said the Delta-7B would fit the existing ring, will we see Anakin's and Plo's starfighters released with the rings right off the bat so as to avoid double-dipping and collector frustration down the road?We don't negotiate with hostage-takers. :p

I'll mod the question, but I'm betting they won't get it or won't go for it.

Droid
11-12-2008, 05:52 PM
I'll vote for #25, the Jawa/Droid Sale/A New Hope wave question.

DarkJedi5
11-12-2008, 06:36 PM
If the Action Fleet question gets written I would like to vote for that one.

Battle Droid
11-12-2008, 06:38 PM
New question,

Will you be rereleasing any of the Clone Wars 3D fgiures in a Saga Legends like line?

JediTricks
11-12-2008, 11:43 PM
New question,

Will you be rereleasing any of the Clone Wars 3D fgiures in a Saga Legends like line?It's way too early to ask that. Between the next 3 waves (3-5), every figure from wave 1 is getting rereleased as it is.

Mr. JabbaJohnL
11-12-2008, 11:53 PM
I done thunk up a new question, I did:

*In the future, could you possibly coordinate your Clone Wars figure releases to coincide more with the show itself? In other words, would it be possible to have new figures released at around the same time the corresponding characters appear in the series? We understand that there is a long lead time on figure production, but there is also a long lead time on the production of the series. Being able to see a character on the series and then purchase it in stores the next day would help drive sales, don't you think? For instance, R3-S6 appeared in two episodes in mid-November, but the figure presumably won't be released for a few more months; the figure would likely have more appeal with the character fresh in kids' and collecors' minds. So is there any way that you and Lucasfilm could plan this more closely?

Battle Droid
11-13-2008, 08:12 AM
I 2nd that question.

obi-dad
11-13-2008, 10:32 AM
JT... out of curiousity, when there is a tie in the voting, for example, there are 4 questions that clearly have the most votes, but the bottom 2 slots have 10 questions tied at 4 votes a piece (just an example), how do you choose? The oldest questions? your favorite questions? the questions you think have the best chance of getting answered/a good answer?

Cane_Adiss
11-13-2008, 11:06 AM
Put me down for question 25 as well. That excites me that we'll be seeing another Jawa/droid combo next year!

A new question:

Does Hasbro have any plans to update the Dianoga in the near future? We need one that is better detailed, better articulated and perhaps featuring multiple bendy tentacles. Could something like this be considered as a basic figure for the Legacy line or would you only do a creature in a multipack format?

And another new question:

Concerning the 3 other confirmed "concept art" figures being released next year besides Anakin, can Hasbro confirm whether all 3 are based on major hero/ villain characters (i.e. Vader, Obi-Wan, Yoda, Maul) or can we expect to see some obscure alien concepts such as the Mon Calamari Dancer from the Galaxys Opera House or the Revwien alien from original Cantina alien drawings?

DarkJedi5
11-13-2008, 11:58 AM
I know I've used all my votes for this round already but I'd like to put this out for next round and give it a chance to get some votes;

Based on the apparent success of larger more detailed craft like the Millennium Falcon, what do you (Hasbro) think about revisiting the ship of the most popular Star Wars character of all time; Boba Fett. The Slave I hasn’t been released since 2004 when it was a Target exclusive, and even then the ship while not a rerelease of the POTF2 mould was just a repaint of Jango’s Slave I which didn’t even feature the loading ramp feature which was a key aspect of two of the Slave I’s biggest scenes in the whole saga. Everybody loves Boba Fett and so his ship, if designed with the care and attention to detail, will sell and with a quick repaint it sells all over again. So what are the odds that you (Hasbro) find a way to get this cash cow onto the shelves?

Bib Un-Fortuna
11-13-2008, 12:51 PM
Using my refunded vote from Q23 to vote for Q25.

TheDarthVader
11-13-2008, 01:14 PM
16 19 22 25 there are some votes for you

JediTricks
11-13-2008, 08:56 PM
Questions 26-28 added.

Question 3 modified
(I am curious about the exact source on this unusual one, Tycho tells me he doesn't recognize it from the comics and Faie hasn't been in many.)

I done thunk up a new question, I did:

*In the future, could you possibly coordinate your Clone Wars figure releases to coincide more with the show itself? In other words, would it be possible to have new figures released at around the same time the corresponding characters appear in the series? We understand that there is a long lead time on figure production, but there is also a long lead time on the production of the series. Being able to see a character on the series and then purchase it in stores the next day would help drive sales, don't you think? For instance, R3-S6 appeared in two episodes in mid-November, but the figure presumably won't be released for a few more months; the figure would likely have more appeal with the character fresh in kids' and collecors' minds. So is there any way that you and Lucasfilm could plan this more closely?Ok, added.


I 2nd that question.Ok, vote counted.



JT... out of curiousity, when there is a tie in the voting, for example, there are 4 questions that clearly have the most votes, but the bottom 2 slots have 10 questions tied at 4 votes a piece (just an example), how do you choose? The oldest questions? your favorite questions? the questions you think have the best chance of getting answered/a good answer?Interesting question, and it's come up on nearly every round too, it works a little differently for every round no less. Ok, so basically when I come up with a tie, what I'll do is look at what types of questions they are and what types of questions are already making the list. If there are similar questions already on the list, I'll try to use the questions least like it. If the questions are timely, I'll usually use them first. And you're right, I might also break a tie in favor of the ones with the best chance of positive response or outcome. If there's no real defining factor after those filters, which is rare, I'll look at how much support a question has gotten in the past - if it's been on there a while and gotten little support, this may be its only chance and I don't want to rob it of that; yet if it's very new and it's getting crazy support, that suggests it's in higher demand and I may as well just throw it in since it'll get asked soon. If all else fails, I'll ask Steve which question he thinks is better. :p



A new question:

Does Hasbro have any plans to update the Dianoga in the near future? We need one that is better detailed, better articulated and perhaps featuring multiple bendy tentacles. Could something like this be considered as a basic figure for the Legacy line or would you only do a creature in a multipack format?I'll add it, but I think it's wishful thinking to get a better dianoga into a basic card bubble so I changed that part of the question to be more open-ended.


Concerning the 3 other confirmed "concept art" figures being released next year besides Anakin, can Hasbro confirm whether all 3 are based on major hero/ villain characters (i.e. Vader, Obi-Wan, Yoda, Maul) or can we expect to see some obscure alien concepts such as the Mon Calamari Dancer from the Galaxys Opera House or the Revwien alien from original Cantina alien drawings?Added.



I know I've used all my votes for this round already but I'd like to put this out for next round and give it a chance to get some votes;

Based on the apparent success of larger more detailed craft like the Millennium Falcon, what do you (Hasbro) think about revisiting the ship of the most popular Star Wars character of all time; Boba Fett. The Slave I hasn’t been released since 2004 when it was a Target exclusive, and even then the ship while not a rerelease of the POTF2 mould was just a repaint of Jango’s Slave I which didn’t even feature the loading ramp feature which was a key aspect of two of the Slave I’s biggest scenes in the whole saga. Everybody loves Boba Fett and so his ship, if designed with the care and attention to detail, will sell and with a quick repaint it sells all over again. So what are the odds that you (Hasbro) find a way to get this cash cow onto the shelves?Already asked recently...
Sept 5th:
BanthaSkull.com: Now that we have had or are getting three of the most iconic OT vehicles redone in a better scale with more detailing (X-Wing, Tie Fighter, and Millennium Falcon), can we expect this trend to continue? I am especially referring to the Slave 1. It is about due for another release and is in need of a major overhaul. It could be a great seller if done properly and the new tooling could even be used twice with minor changes and released as Jango’s Slave 1 as well. (Toyman)
Hasbro: We certainly hope to get to a new Slave I sometime down the road, but that one would probably need entertainment support to justify since it would be a meaty investment.

JediTricks
11-13-2008, 09:01 PM
Only a few hours left to vote!

Here's my votes:
1 - MSRP big vehicles
3 - faie
8 - white plastic for vehicles
11-cruisemissile
13-new small xwing
25-jawa 2pack where

Mr. JabbaJohnL
11-13-2008, 09:32 PM
The wording on my new question was a little awkward around the middle with the store part, so maybe something like this would be better:

- Now that The Clone Wars TV series has a set schedule, in the future could you possibly coordinate Hasbro's Clone Wars figure releases to coincide with the episodes those figures are in context to? We understand there's a long lead time on figure production, but there's also a long lead on episode production. Seeing a character on the series one day and then being able see the figure in the store the next day would help drive sales, don't you think? For instance, R3-S6 "Goldie" appeared in 2 episodes in early and mid November '08, but the R3-S6 "Goldie" figure isn't due until around February '09. Wouldn't the figures have more appeal with the characters fresh in kids' and casual collectors' minds? Would coordination like that be possible?

obi-dad
11-13-2008, 10:01 PM
I assume it goes without saying my 3rd vote goes for question 25, since i suggested it. My last 3 go to: 1, 7 & 8.

Kidhuman
11-13-2008, 10:01 PM
2, 28, 27, 26, 25, 21

JediTricks
11-14-2008, 04:19 AM
The wording on my new question was a little awkward around the middle with the store part, so maybe something like this would be better:

- Now that The Clone Wars TV series has a set schedule, in the future could you possibly coordinate Hasbro's Clone Wars figure releases to coincide with the episodes those figures are in context to? We understand there's a long lead time on figure production, but there's also a long lead on episode production. Seeing a character on the series one day and then being able see the figure in the store the next day would help drive sales, don't you think? For instance, R3-S6 "Goldie" appeared in 2 episodes in early and mid November '08, but the R3-S6 "Goldie" figure isn't due until around February '09. Wouldn't the figures have more appeal with the characters fresh in kids' and casual collectors' minds? Would coordination like that be possible?Good call.

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Ok, so that's it for this round. Thanks to everybody who participated. Not quite the barnstormer of last round, but still a good turnout towards the end.

And the questions we're asking this round are...


You said in a recent answer that the Solo twins, while difficult to do because of limited visual references, were high on your wish list. Hypothetically speaking, if you were to make these long-request characters, which versions would you do? Young Jedi Knights (there's a good picture of them in the recent Jedi vs. Sith guide), NJO-era Jedi Knights (probably the most requested versions, and based on Japanese cover art which is probably the largest body of visual reference for these characters and was even used by the Official Site as its EU menu before the redesign) or Legacy of the Force-era (with the added advantage that an alternate head and lightsaber and removable cape would allow you to do Jacen and Caedus as one figure)?
With Sideshow having released a smashing diorama of the "Look Sir, Droids" scene, what are the chances of Hasbro doing a similar battle pack? It could include the escape pod (perhaps with the proper top hatch openable, or maybe the whole thing upsized) and an assortment of Sandroopers with a variety of pauldrons and accessories. Heck, if you threw in an updated dewback, you'd have quite the nifty ultimate battle pack. Any chance of that?
When collectors ask for the same stuff over and over again such as certain vehicles like the Cloud Car, large accessories like Jabba's dais, playsets and dioramas of scenes that are not action- or main-character-themed which Hasbro says they aren't likely to do because those areas are not seen as profitable in today's market, are there any NEW ideas swimming around the Star Wars team with an OT collector focus? Not talking about merely new figures or resculpts of unmade vintage figures, but something new in the 3.75" format that would excite collectors, especially OT-focused ones. Stuff like the nifty new Scramble on Yavin battle pack gets collectors jazzed up.
With the confirmation of 2X-7KPR - the last unmade droid from the sale of the droids scene - being released in '09 as another Jawa/droid 2-pack, how will this set be released? This is an ANH scene, you've confirmed that ESB will be the only source getting 2 waves in '09, and the '09 ANH wave already has a different Jawa/droid 2-pack, so where will Jawa/2X-7KPR fit into the overall? Will this be a running change repacked into another wave, or has a second ANH wave been slotted - and if the latter, what other figures will be in that 2nd ANH wave?
In the past year, we've seen a lot of figures from the POTF2-era Expanded Universe line getting revisited one way or another. The Darktrooper was rereleased as a Fans Choice figure, while Mara Jade got an all-new sculpt in the Comics Packs line, and in that line we're also about to get an all-new Grand Admiral Thrawn, Dark Empire Clone Palpatine, DE Luke, and a new Kyle Katarn. That leaves just Dark Empire Leia, the Heir to the Empire Spacetrooper, and the Imperial Sentinel left to be done, will any of them be either reissued or resculpted any time soon to join their EU brethren? Was it a conscious choice to get all those other POTF2 EU figures rereleased, or just happenstance?
Will Hasbro be modifying the existing or making a new Hyperspace Ring for the ROTS Eta-2 Jedi Starfighter? Will the existing Hyperspace Ring ever be sold by itself in other colors to go with existing Jedi Starfighters? With the Ring being featured in episodes of The Clone Wars for Plo Koon's and Anakin's Jedi Starfighters, and your confirmation that Hasbro's Clone Wars Jedi Starfighter will fit the existing Ring, will you be selling Anakin's and/or Plo's starfighters with their Hyperspace Rings as boxed sets to get the full product into kid and collector hands, taking advantage of the show's current momentum rather than waiting to double-dip down the road when interest has waned, a la the Ep 2 Obi-Wan Jedi Starfighter with Hyperspace Ring?

Look for a new round of voting soon.